04/10/2012 02:13 pm ET | Updated Apr 11, 2012

New Survey Of Doctors Reveals They Are Willing To Withhold Information From Patients

Dr. David Samadi was on "Fox & Friends" Tuesday morning discussing the results of a survey of American doctors revealing that many are willing to be less than honest with their patients. As the AP reported in February, about a third of the respondents to the 2009 survey conducted by investigators from the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital didn't feel it strictly necessary to confess mistakes to their patients, and, perhaps more disturbing, 10 percent admitted to telling a patient something untrue in the past year. Dr. Samadi emphasized that the survey addressed only a small sample of American physicians and noted the medical importance of maintaining patient morale; nonetheless, he emphasized the power of patients to hold their doctors accountable. Watch for some tips from Dr. Samadi on how patients can encourage full disclosure and honesty from their physicians.